Daimler has been slapped with an 870 million euros (RM4 billion) fine by German prosecutors for breaking diesel emission regulations. Investigations that began earlier this year revealed that the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars sold around 684,000 vehicles that did not fully comply with regulations on emissions of nitrogen oxides, according to statements from Stuttgart authorities and Daimler.

The company accepted the decision and would not contest the verdict, Bloomberg reports. The automaker said that the ruling is not expected to impact on its earnings forecast, having cut its outlook a few months ago. In July, the company revealed that it had set aside about 1.6 billion euros (RM7.35 billion) to deal with diesel-related court proceedings.

The fine is the latest chapter of the aftermath following Volkswagen’s diesel-cheating scandal, which continues to rock the German car industry four years after it first surfaced. In September 2015, the automaker admitted using trick software, or defeat devices, to cheat US emissions tests. It has so far paid more than US$30 billion in vehicle refits, fines and provisions.

Earlier this week, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and non-executive chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch, along with former CEO Martin Winterkorn, were charged with market manipulation in Germany over allegations they knowingly held back information on rigged emission tests early on. Prosecutors said they will be pressing criminal charges.

Other companies have also been affected as a result of Dieselgate and have faced similar penalties, although the fines have been smaller – Porsche settled in May for 535 million euros (RM2.45 billion), while parts maker Robert Bosch paid pay 90 million euros (RM414 million).